There’s something special about an actor taking a role that doesn’t match up with any of his previous choices.
Look, Adam Sandler has went serious before in the movies, playing the tortured lover in Paul Thomas Anderson’s “Punch Drunk Love,” the 9/11 widow in “Reign Over Me,” and more recently, the son of a chaotic father in Netflix’s “The Meyerowitz Stories.” But he’s never played a bad guy, someone who make decisions that hinder other lives.
That’s what he does in the new film from the Safdie Brothers, “Uncut Gems.” Howard Ratner is not a good man, and anyone who has spent a few hours with him can tell you that. But somehow, through Sandler’s brilliance, we care what happens to him, no matter what he does.
I reviewed this film on the Christmas Eve edition of The Large Morning Show in The Afternoon with Frank O. Pinion and company. Other things were discussed, like random movies and television shows, but this was the heart of the hour.
You can listen to the whole segment, including Frank offering his own remake ideas for a couple new films, right here.